For Educators

Group Visit Resources

Prior to your visit to the Museum, carefully review the resources below to ensure you and your group have a positive experience. Thank you for choosing to visit Morrill Hall!

For information on the check-in process, payment, parking, and more please carefully read our Group Information Packet linked below.

Free, downloadable activity for Group Visits.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if our numbers increase/decrease?
Visitor Services will update your final numbers at the time of check-in. If you have a Gallery program or Planetarium show scheduled, please contact us a minimum of one week in advance should your numbers change by 5 or more. Please note that the planetarium seats 60 people total (children and adults).

What if we are running late?
If you have a Gallery program or Planetarium show booked, please notify Visitor Services by calling (402) 472-2637 as soon as you know you will be late. We reserve the right to cancel a program if a group is more than 10 minutes late, in which case a $75 cancellation fee will be charged.

What if we need to cancel?
Contact us via email to cancel. Scheduled Gallery programs and Planetarium shows must be cancelled a minimum of one week in advance. We reserve the right to charge a $75 cancellation fee for late cancellations or no-shows.

Where can we eat lunch?
Please note that food and drinks, other than water, are not allowed in the museum. A limited number of picnic tables are available outside. There are also grassy areas just south of the museum where you may eat.

The UNL Union has food vendors if your group plans to purchase lunch. If you will be bringing sack lunches, the UNL Coliseum may be an option – for availability, contact us and we will put you in touch with the appropriate person.

How many adults should we bring?
For safety and the best experience, we strongly recommend one adult chaperone for every 10 students during a group visit. One adult chaperone for every 10 students will receive free admission to Morrill Hall. Any additional adults will be charged discounted group visit rates.

Do parent volunteers have to pay?
One adult chaperone (teacher or parent) for every 10 students will receive free admission to Morrill Hall. Any additional adults will be charged discounted group visit rates. Adult chaperones must check in with the group – any chaperones who arrive after the group has checked in will be charged regular Museum admission.

What payment do you accept?
We accept cash, a credit/debit card, or a check. Alternatively, an invoice can be emailed after the visit.

Checks should be payable to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and may be presented at the time of check-in. If invoiced, mail checks to:
          University of Nebraska State Museum Morrill Hall
          645 N. 14th Street
          Lincoln, NE 68588-0343

To pay an invoice by phone, call Morrill Hall at (402) 472-2637, Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sundays, 12-5 p.m.

Some of my students have memberships. Can they be used for group admission?
No, we are not able to accept memberships or other discounted passes with group reservations. 

Are there self-guide activities to do while in the museum?
We have a Morrill Hall Quest activity guide that showcases several galleries on our main floor.  The activity guide is available to download for free at the top of this page.

When is the gift shop open?
The gift shop is open during Museum hours on Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 – 5 p.m.

Can we add a gallery program or planetarium show to our visit?
Absolutely! Please note that programs must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance and are based on availability. Complete this online form to start booking your program.

How long does a typical visit last?
We typically recommend 2 hours for a group visit to the Museum. However, you may want to allow more time to explore the Museum if you have reserved a Gallery program or Planetarium show, which are typically 45 minutes in length, depending on the program.

Where do we park?
Please refer to our Group Visit Information Packet linked at the top of this page for detailed information on parking.

What if there is inclement weather?
Museum staff and UNL closely monitor weather conditions. In the event of severe weather, there are tornado shelters on the 1st floor of the Museum. In the event of inclement weather, the Museum follows the UNL inclement weather policy, which may result in the Museum closing early or not opening on a given day. Should this issue arise, Museum staff will contact your group directly to reschedule your visit.

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